It was a tear filled courtroom Friday as a Judge read the sentence of 35 years to life in prison for 15 year old Derrys Sanders Jr.
Sanders pled guilty to first degree murder after shooting and killing 18 year old Jacob Pushinsky in July of last year while riding his bike on East 8th street in Erie.
Police say Sanders shot Pushinsky in an attempt to steal his bicycle.
The prosecution argued for a sentence of 40 years to life, while the defense argued for the minimum sentence which was 26 and a half years, a Judge ruled on a 35 year sentence.
Sanders apologized to the court saying ” I truly and sincerely apologize to the community and to the Pushinksy family for my actions.”
The Judge considered Sanders age and past criminal history, he said Sanders first juvenile offense was when he was seven and believes he is a clear and present danger to the community.
Derrys Sanders will qualify for parole when is 50 years old, it will be up to his parole officer to determine if he will fulfill a life sentence.
“It is tough to digest everything that happened this morning, said defense attorney Gene Placidi “obviously it was emotional my client and his family feel for the Pushinsky family it was a terrible terrible situation for everybody.”
“You have a young man that lost his life over senseless violence over a bike”, said First Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Hirz “and then you have a young man who will is be spending he next 35 years in jail so it is a very difficult situation.”